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Makalu Sherpani Col Pass Trek

Makalu Sherpani Col Pass Trek


Trip Fact

Best Month:

Autumn / spring

Max Elevation:

6140 m

Walking hours Per Day:


Trip Duration:

22 Days

Trip Grade:

Strenuous Challenging





Group Size:



Makalu & Everest Region

Highlights of Sherpani Col Pass Trek

  • Explore Makalu-Barun and Sagarmatha National Park
  • Traverse the remote and less crowded route
  • Capturing the wonderful mountains view and surrounding landscape
  • Crossing the high mountain passes namely Sherpani Col (6112m), West Col (6140m) and Amphu Lapcha (5815m)
  • Experience the challenging and adventure trekking

Trip Overview

Sherpani Col Pass Trek, also written as Ice Col Trek, is one of the challenging and adventurous trekking routes in Nepal due to its remote and wild region. This trek is carefully designed for experienced trekkers and mountaineers who are seeking a more technical and remote trekking experience in the Himalayas. The trek includes crossing the Sherpani Col (6112m), West Col (6140m) and Amphu Lapcha (5815m)., which involves moraines and  glacier crossings and steep ascents and descents.

The Makalu Sherpani Col Pass Trek is situated between the Makalu and Everest Region, which is known for its surprising mountain landscapes, including the world's highest peak, Mount Everest. The trek generally takes around 20 to 25 days to complete, depending on the specific itinerary and weather conditions. It's a longer and more challenging trek compared to the standard Everest Base Camp trek and Makalu Base Camp Trek.

The trek offers incredible views of some of the world's highest peaks, including Mount Everest, Lhotse, Makalu, and Cho Oyu. Trekkers also get to explore remote and less-visited areas of the region in Nepal.

This Adventure and challenge route offers the satisfaction of absorbing at first hand the culture and legends of ethnic hill and mountain peoples and the flora and fauna of remote Eastern Nepal and provides the best panoramic views in the favorable weather.

Route of Sherpani Col Pass Trek

The itinerary can be different, but generally starts the trek from Tumlingtar and ends in Lukla. The route passes through remote valleys, high mountain passes, and breathtaking landscapes. Tumlingtar is the lowest valley of the world and a daily regular flight from Kathmandu.
After reaching Tumlingtar, this trekking route follows a great area, rising north onto the ridges of Num and sweeping slowly westwards into the isolated heartland of the world's most spectacular mountains and passes. During the journey, you will be passing several places, such as Khadbari, Num, Tashi Gaun, Khongma, Skipton La Pass, Langmale Kharka and reaching the amazing Makalu Base Camp.

There are lots of ascents and descents to reach the Makalu Base Camp with the wonderful views of the surrounding landscape. After spending a night at Makalu Base Camp, the trekking trail continued heading to Sherpani Col, West Col and Amphu Lapcha Pass to reach Chukkung in Everest Region.

Everest Region is the most popular trekking area in the world and there are many choices of trekking route. Then you will trek down to Lukla from Chukkung by following the main classic Everest Base Camp trekking trail.

Crossing these high passes required tented camp with experienced trekking and climbing guides and strong porters as well as needing 300m length fixed rope to ascend and descend. We provide to you for this trek best and experienced trekking staff for making sure to have a successful and memorable trip in Nepal. We (High Pass Adventure) organized many trekking trips in this area and all were successfully completed.


some time becomes problems like weather condition, local politics issue, transportation or other factors that are beyond from our control can result in can change of itinerary. It is, however, very unlikely that the itinerary would be considerably change.  If alterations are necessary the Guide and Trekking leader will decide what the best options are. You can talk and decide taking into through the best happiness of the whole group. Where a change does suggest itself, we try to do everything we can to minimize its effect, but we cannot take responsible for the results of changes or delays. Our trekking staffs are experience and professional and try to solve all problems during the trekking. 

Itinerary Expand All Close All

Arrival at Kathmandu and transfer to Hotel


Sightseeing and preparation day for adventure Sherpani Col Pass Trek

Flight or drive to Tumlingtar- Khadbari (1040m)

Drive to Num and trek to Seduwa (1515m) 3hrs drive and 3hrs walk

Trek to Tashigaun (2075m) 5hrs walk

Trek to Khongma

Trek to Dobato

Trek to Yangle Kharka

Trek to Langmale Kharka (yak kharka)

Trek to Makalu Base Camp

Rest Day

Trek to Sherpani Col Base Camp

Trek to Sherpani Col High Camp

Trek to Baruntse Base Camp via Sherpani Col and West Col Pass

Trek to Seto Pokhari

Trek to Amphulapcha Base Camp

Trek to Imja Valley via Amphulapchha Pass

Trek to Pangboche

Trek to Namche Bazaar

Trek to Lukla

Flight back to Kathmandu

Final departure

What Is Included ?

High Pass Adventure have working best Trekking and Climbing guide and porter for the trekking. We are providing an excellence service to our customer. All our costs are net and very clear on cost include-excludes. We have paid best salary to Trekking, Tour guide and porter which is more than government fixed amount. Our entire customers are satisfied from our service. For the more details please feel free to contact us.

Cost Includes

  • Airport Pick up & drops by private vehicle 
  • 2 night's Hotel in Kathmandu on Bed & Breakfast plan
  • Kathmandu valley sightseeing
  • Flight Fare Kathmandu- Tumlingtar (Guest and Guide) and by bus (all trekking staff)
  • Flight Fare Lukla- Kathmandu (Guest and Guide)
  • 3 meals per day during the trek (Breakfast Lunch & Dinner) and one cup of tea with per meal
  • Accommodation on Tea-house and tent camp during the trekking
  • An experience English Speaking trained, Government license Holder Guide
  • Necessary strong Porter 1: 2 (one porter for two Guest), the porter will Carry 20KG/ 25 KG
  • All applicable taxes as per the government rules and regulations
  • All trekking permits (MBNP, TIMS and SNP)
  • First Aid medical kit, Oxy-meter to check pulse, heart rate and oxygen saturation at higher altitude
  • Guide and porter salary, Food, accommodation and insurance during the trek
  • Tour Certificate, Company T-shirt as a Souvenir
  • Farewell Dinner with Typical Nepali Restaurant

What Is Excluded?

  • Nepal visa fee and your International flights
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu 
  • Extra night hotel accommodation in Kathmandu other than itinerary
  • Travel insurance and Mountain rescue service (covers emergency Rescue and Evacuation)
  • Personal expenses (phone, laundry, water, bar drinks, battery recharge, extra porters, hot shower etc.)
  • Trip Cancellation cost accident or Health, Loss Theft or Damage and personal effects
  • Tips to Trekking staff (Tips is expected)
  • Any other expenses that aren’t mentioned in the section above


The Makalu Sherpani Col Pass offers three different high altitude passes in the Makalu region to Everest region, each presenting its own challenges and rewards.  These passes are an important part of the trekking route, offering stunning views and a sense of achievement to trekkers.

 Three high altitude passes are:

Sherpani Col Pass (6,112 meters / 20,052 feet): Sherpani Col is the highest and most challenging of the three passes. This is the first pass during the trekking, it requires technical climbing skills due to its steep slopes and crevasses. Crossing this pass involves the use of ropes, crampons, and ice axes. The pass offers stunning views of Mount Makalu and breathtaking panoramic views of surrounding mountains and glaciers.

West Col (6,140 meters / 20,144 feet): The West Col, also known as the West Barun La, is another high-altitude pass on the trek. It's located near Mount Baruntse and requires some technical climbing as well. Trekkers need to navigate glaciers and steep slopes. The pass offers stunning views of Mount Baruntse and the surrounding peaks.

Amphu Lapcha Pass (5,815 meters / 19,078 feet): Amphu Lapcha pass is another trekking route in the Everest Region, which starts in Lukla and ends in Lukla after crossing the Amphu Lapcha pass. While not directly part of the Makalu Sherpani Col Pass Trek, the Amphu Lapcha Pass is often included as an extension or alternative route. This pass leads into the Everest region and requires mountaineering skills. It involves steep ascents and descents, icy terrain, and rock climbing. The pass provides remarkable views of the Everest region and surrounding Mountains.

There are basic teahouses with limited facilities from Num bazaar to Makalu base camp. Beyond Makalu base camp until the Amphu Laptsa-la pass we use the tents for accommodation due to high altitude terrains. After Amphu Laptsa Pass, there are tea houses and lodges to offer best accommodations until Lukla.

During the Sherpani Col Pass Trek, the availability of food is limited till Makalu Base Camp due to the remote and challenging nature of the route. The options are often basic and focused on providing energy for trekking at high altitudes.

After the Makalu Base Camp till Amphu Lapcha Pass, carry on some of our favorite camping food by our trekking staff and provide you.  After crossing Amphu Lapcha pass offers good food along the way down to Lukla.

Makalu Sherpani Col Pass Trek is measured one of the most challenging and technical trekking routes in Nepal. This trek combines the Makalu Base Camp trek with the Sherpani Col Pass and Amphu Lapcha Pass crossing, adding an extra layer of difficulty.

This difficulty of the trek, you have to trek with experienced guides because it includes technical sections such as steep ascents, challenging descents, ice and rock climbing, and glacier crossings. Basic mountaineering skills and proper equipment are necessary to complete the MaKalu Sherpani Col Pass Trek. 

Traveller Useful Information

Preparation for Makalu Sherpani Col Pass Trek 

Trekking to Makalu Sherpani Col Pass is a breathtaking challenge, so it requires careful preparation to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience. Makalu Sherpani Col Pass Trekking itinerary is longer and tougher in high altitude terrains. Trekkers physical fitness, mental health and determination are the important factors to consider before participating in Makalu Sherpani Col Pass Trek.

If you don't have previous altitude trekking experience, we highly recommend having good physical fitness and need basic climbing skills to easily complete the trek such as walking, day hiking, rock climbing, running, biking, jogging and swimming.  These practices are beneficial in preparing for the trekking to Makalu Sherpani Col Pass. 

The altitude gain of 6,140 meters (20052 feet) from the 1000 meters, the journey through farmland, terraces, landscapes, narrow trail, forest, rocky path, there are a number of ascents and descents in high altitude areas. Thus, a good level of physical fitness is essential to maintain 5 to 10 hours of daily trekking. Mental flexibility is equally crucial, as self-doubt can often give rise to discomfort and anxiety. It is highly recommended to seek medical advice prior to embarking, particularly if respiratory concerns are relatable.

Difficulties during the Makalu Sherpani Col Pass Trek

Makalu Sherpani Col Pass Trek is considered a highly challenging trek that demands a combination of physical fitness, technical skills, and the ability to manage remote and challenging landscapes.  This trek requires professional guides who are familiar with the route and can provide necessary guidance and support in any difficulties.

The difficulties related with this trek are given below:

High Altitude: The trek involves reaching high altitudes; with the Sherpani Col Pass itself situated at around 6,112 meters (20052 feet) and other high passes. Altitude sickness is a significant concern, and trekkers must be prepared for symptoms such as headaches, nausea, and fatigue. Proper acclimatization is essential to reduce these risks.

Technical Climbing: Crossing the Sherpani Col Pass and others passes requires some technical climbing skills. Trekkers might need to use climbing gear such as ropes, crampons, and ice axes to navigate steep slopes and crevasses. Previous mountaineering experience or training in basic climbing techniques is beneficial for this trek.

Extreme Weather: Weather conditions in high-altitude environments can be harsh and changeable. Trekkers should be prepared for sudden changes in weather, including snowstorms and freezing temperatures.

Remote Landscape: The trek takes you through remote and isolated areas with limited facilities. Accommodation and food options are basic, and trekkers need to be self-sufficient and prepared for rough conditions. Mostly we have to bring everything from the city such as tents, utensils, food and climbing equipment due to remote terrain. The trek requires specialized gear like crampons, harnesses, and ice axes for safe passage over technical sections.

Long Duration: The Makalu Sherpani Col Pass Trek is a long trek that usually takes around 20 to 25 days. The extended duration adds to the physical and mental challenges, requiring stamina and determination.

Physical Fitness: Excellent physical fitness is necessary due to the demanding nature of the trek. Trekkers will be walking for several hours a day, often on rough and challenging terrain.

Best time Trek to Makalu Sherpani Col Pass

The best time to trek the Makalu Sherpani Col Pass is during the pre-monsoon (spring) and post-monsoon (autumn) seasons. These periods offer the most favorable weather and conditions for trekking in this challenging region.

Spring (Pre-Monsoon):- March to May

Spring is the best time for the Makalu Sherpani Col Pass Trek due to the mild weather, clear skies, and blooming landscapes.

During this season, you can expect:

  • Warmer temperatures, especially at lower altitudes, make trekking more comfortable.
  • Clear visibility, offering panoramic views of the surrounding mountains
  • Rhododendron and other wildflowers in full bloom, adding vibrant colors to the landscape
  • Lower chances of rain and snow, reducing the risk of weather-related disruptions

Autumn (Post-Monsoon):- September to November

Autumn is another excellent time for Makalu Sherpani Col trek, as the monsoon rains have cleared, leaving behind clear skies and crisp air.

This season offers:

  • Stable weather conditions with minimal rainfall, ensuring clear views of the mountains.
  • Pleasant temperatures, making trekking during the day comfortable and nights relatively warmer
  • Dry trails and less mud, making the trekking experience more enjoyable
  • Festivals and cultural events in local villages that provide insight into the local culture

It is important to know the best month for challenging trek, April, May, September and November are best months for this Makalu Sherpani Col Trek.  As such, it's recommended to trek during these most favorable months to minimize risks related with weather, altitude, and overall trail conditions.

Before starting Makalu Sherpani Col Pass the trek, always need to check the most up-to-date weather forecasts and trail conditions. Trekkers need to choose a reputable trekking company for adventure trekking and hiring experienced guides who are familiar with the area and its challenges.

Trekking Gear List 

Travel equipment is necessary to pack before you travel.  We hope it is too much to carry from your home to another country but some of the necessary equipment can hire or buy in Kathmandu around Thamel. This general equipment is for all seasons while on trekking in Nepal, but may be different as per the different season and duration of trekking routes on your chosen trip.


  • Passport and 4 passport size photos 
  • Travel insurance details (in case an emergency evacuation if needed)
  • Boarding passes for flights
  • Driver’s license (if needed)
  • Cash USD
  • Credit/Debit Card (Ensure you have $500 on your card incase an emergency helicopter evacuation is needed)


  • Sleeping bag (Comfort rating -15 Celsius recommended)
  • Sleeping bag liner (Optional)


  • Trekking boots: one pair lightweight
  • Sandals for city and tea house footwear 
  • Shoes for the plane and tea houses (Optional)
  • Gaiters for hiking in winter to the base camp
  • Thin, lightweight inner socks
  • Thick, warm wool hiking socks

Clothing for Body: 

Please make sure that you have non-cotton clothing for trekking:

  • Base-layer t-shirts (e.g. running t-shirts)
  • Fleece/Windproof jacket
  • Waterproof jacket
  • Down jacket for warmth
  • Travel clothes and City Wear
  • Underwear
  • Base-layer trousers (optional)
  • Waterproof trousers
  • Trekking trousers
  • Trekking shorts (Optional)
  • Gloves and wool hat
  • Bandanna or scarf 

Health Requirements (Basic First Aid Kit)

  • First-aid kit; should contain lip salve, Aspirin, Band Aids, antihistamine, Imodium or similar tablets for mild cases of diarrhea
  • Rehydration powder, extra prescription drugs you may be taking if any particular
  • Wet wipes for cleaning can be purchased in Kathmandu


  • Sunglasses and Sun cream 
  • Towel
  • Book (reading and writing materials)
  • MP-3 /Music, headphones and ear plug (who know some people on group are snoring) as 
  • Travel wash
  • Hand sanitizer, wet wipes
  • A day bag: 35 liters
  • A duffel or rucksack with straps to go over your back (Max 12 kg of weight for porters to carry)
  • Dry Liner or Dry Bag
  • Water bottle/thermos/ camel bag: At least 2 L. Nalgene bottles best.

General Toiletries

  • Toilet papers/ tissue 
  • Contact lenses, Glasses (if needed)
  • 1 medium sized quick drying towel
  • Tooth brush/paste (preferably biodegradable)
  • Multipurpose soaps (preferably biodegradable)
  • Large plastic bags – for keeping items dry inside your kit / duffel bag
  • Travel games i.e. chess, backgammon, and scrabble. (for luxuries) 
  • Binoculars (for luxuries)
  • Trail Map/Guide book (if you are alone)

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